For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
— from Psalm 139:13-16 (NRSV)
Churches all around the country are seeing violence and guns affect their communities, be it through the news, mass shootings, suicide, neighborhood violence or other ways. MCC U.S. is working at reducing this violence in these communities. Here are some ways you can join us in this work:
- Explore our conversation guide, "A loaded conversation: An invitation to talk about guns." It is designed to help congregations and other groups to address this difficult and divisive topic in a respectful way. It also has theological resources to help congregations connect Biblical themes of peace to the reality of violence in today’s context.
- Partner with RAWtools to offer peacemaker events. Read more about the program.
- Consider seven practical ways to bring attention to the problem of violence related to guns. You can find even more practical suggestions on page 8 of "A loaded conversation."